Every morning I start my day by sending a note to my two U.S. Senators to let them know how many days it has been since the Senate has passed a budget; 862 days as of today in case you didn’t know. I also ask them when they and their Democrat colleagues are going fulfill their Constitutional responsibilities.
I think it is my duty as a citizen to hold my representatives at all levels, responsible to the people and the Constitution, so I make it part of my day to remind them that we are watching. I let them know when I am pleased with their actions and when I am displeased. Frankly my two Senators usually get more of the latter than the former.
When I communicate with them, their staff tries to communicate back, but often my communication does not fall into a category that is easily covered in one of the form letters or emails that they send out to virtually every communication from a constituent; except of course if you are a supporter or a potential donor to their next campaign. Such is my experience with my Senators Webb and Warner.
Senator Webb has long ago given up on communicating with anyone in Virginia that is not a bona fide and vetted supporter. He gave that up as soon as he saw what was happening to House members who tried to explain to their constituents the benefits of Obama care. During the break right before the health care vote, he took his wife on a fancy taxpayer funded boondoggle to Southeast Asia, and held not one meeting with the people of Virginia to see what they might be thinking about Obama care. At least Senator Warner held three town halls, one of which I attended; he’s got stones, I’ll give him that!
All that aside, this is centered on the two letters I received yesterday from Senator Warner’s staff. The letters didn’t address the budget issue, but instead attempted to soothe me by explaining why the Senator did not vote for H.R. 2560, also known as Cut, Cap, and Balance and to my knowledge, the only actual budget that is on the table, and when I say table I mean “Tabled”; in the Senate that is.
“Senator Warner” (staffer) says he appreciates hearing from me about these important matters, and then explains why he did not vote for H.R. 2650. “He” says, “…there are more effective ways to address our country’s fiscal challenges.” Challenges? Are you serious “Senator”? Have you looked around at America? We are in dire straits, and Democrats in the White House and Congress are making it worse!
“He” further outlines the work he has been doing with a “bipartisan group of Senators” and talks about the “Balanced Solution” that they have “put forward” (Uh Oh; sounds like code for tax increase). Here is the tricky part; what will their plan do?
It “…will slash our deficits by $3.7 trillion over ten years…” That sounds BIG, so let’s look at that first!
First of all, deficits are projected spending increases above what the current budget spends. The CBO routinely estimates future spending by adding 10 percent/year to the current budget for the next year, and continues this process year after year for the out years. So what we are really talking about here is cutting the excessive spending that Democrats want to do back a little bit. How in Haiti are we ever going to balance our budget, let alone pay down any of our debt if we keep on deficit spending “Senator Warner”?
We are currently running deficits over $1 trillion/year; the first two years of Obama were $1.2 trillion each, this year is projected to be over $1.4 trillion. So saving a “mere” $3.7 trillion from the deficit over 10 years is like urinating on a forest fire! We’re talking about saving $3.7 trillion from a deficit that will most certainly exceed $12 trillion in the next 10 years! That is still over $9 trillion of new debt and borrowing “Senator”; this is what you call a PLAN!
Then “Senator Warner” lays out all the dismal and frightening figures about how much government costs and how little government is taking in and then “He” explains how it all has to work when he says, “…the only way to close the gap... is to attack both sides of the ledger.” In other words we need to stop spending and raise revenues and “He” says, this “…is what our bipartisan plan does.” (Oooh it must be good; it’s bipartisan!) The problem is Democrats never attack spending, and they fight rabidly for more taxes (they call them revenues or contributions; depends on the phase of the moon).
As I have illustrated above they have no intention, even in this “bipartisan” group to do anything more than slightly slow deficit spending, and they have every intention of demanding new taxes.
And that my fellow citizens is why we need to have “Citizen Representatives” once again representing our interests in Washington; real people who have worked real jobs, and balanced real budgets, to raise real families.
We have an opportunity right now in Virginia, to select between a Conservative Citizen in the U.S. Senate, or another professional politician who will represent the interests of the party and his donors, but do little to look out for the people who elected him.
That choice is former Senator George Allen, former DNC Chair and Obama cheerleader Tim Kaine, or Real Citizen and grass roots Conservative Jamie Radtke. Which will you choose?